9 items from 2017
If you’ve seen his list of favorite movies or ever heard him talk about film in general, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Edgar Wright is pretty good at movie trivia. The cast of “Baby Driver” would agree: “Edgar will win this,” laughs Jon Hamm as he, Ansel Elgort and Eiza González sit down for a few rounds of questions with their writer/director.
Before they start playing, Elgort reveals that he asked Wright for some recommendations because he’d seen relatively few movies before shooting “Baby Driver” — and got a list of the filmmaker’s 1,000 favorite movies in response. Naturally, he then asked him to narrow it down to 20.
In part because it’s “Jeopardy!” style, Hamm actually gets the first question right: “Baby Boom” is the 1987 movie »
- Michael Nordine
Ed Kegenof Jun 16, 2017
As The Evil Within 2‘s announced, we take a look at what happens when urban myths and legends collide with the realm of gaming...
Most people can cite at least a couple of urban legends or conspiracy theories. Paul McCartney isn't really Paul McCartney. A ghost haunts a single shot in the 80s comedy hit Three Men And A Baby. Blowing on Nintendo cartridges makes them work better.
With the advent of the internet, we might be forgiven for thinking that outlandish claims and tall tales would be chased away by the might of Google or a website like Snopes, where myth-busting facts are but a search term or click away. Instead, the web has allowed creepy stories and urban legends to travel more quickly than ever, as they’re copied and pasted in forums, emails and social media posts - hence the oft-used term 'creepypasta', used to describe these strange, »
In the history of black filmmaking, “Stir Crazy” is rarely cited as a groundbreaker or an enduring high point. However, Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy sold more tickets in North America than “The Fate of the Furious,” or any other film by a black director.
Poitier’s career has included multiple breakout moments. He was the first black lead acting Oscar winner with “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner;” he starred in two blockbuster films in 1967 with “To Sir With Love” (over $300 million, adjusted gross) and “In the Heat of the Night” ($177 million, adjusted gross). He was, more than even Denzel Washington or any other black actor-turned-director, an icon of cinema when he made “Stir Crazy.” And it was this film, more than any other, that found access to all domestic audiences.
That said, it’s a film that doesn’t have the resonance of other historical blockbusters like “Gone With the Wind, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1987…
The 80’s mark a special period in cinema for me. It’s predominantly an age thing. I grew up throughout the 80’s, soaking in some fantastic films. It was a rising golden age of blockbusters which took the foundations of what guys like Spielberg and Lucas launched in the late 70’s, as that stark, gritty and dramatically challenging output that delivered some of the best films of all time (The Godfather and more), gave way to more crowd pleasing, optimistic fare. The cinematic landscape went from the likes of The French Connection, The Conversation, and Chinatown to the more light-hearted Star Wars or Jaws.
As blockbusters swarmed the cinemas and multiplexes began spreading, audiences demanded entertainment. That trend has carried on and intensified and it’s truer than ever in these days of Marvel adaptations. The 80’s got me into cinema. That passion »
- Amie Cranswick
Tom Selleck was one of the stars of a classic 80s hit directed by Leonard Nimoy entitled Three Men and a Baby. The other stars were Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. The movie about three grown men bachelors living together in NYC when a baby is suddenly dropped on their doorstep was a novel idea at the time and audiences loved it. Watching three men without any women around trying to take care of a baby was highly entertaining and comical. But if you fast forward to today, one of the things that’s highly remembered about the film is a
- Nat Berman
Good god, it’s been what seems like a lifetime since I last saw Pure Luck. I’m not even sure it previously made the leap from VHS, where I first saw it back in the early 90s, to DVD here in the UK. Back when the film was first released both Danny Glover and Martin Short could do no wrong. Glover was riding high off the success of the Lethal Weapon franchise, scoring lead roles in Predator 2 and Flight of the Intruder; whilst Short had scored back-to-back hits with Innerspace and Three Fugitives… Well I say do no wrong, but maybe that should have read “could have” done no wrong, given the bad reception afforded this comedy…
Comedy in the early 90s was »
- Phil Wheat
Tom Jolliffe with the 80s movie guide for the new parent…
Last December I welcomed my baby daughter into the world. It was a momentous day. My first, and like all new parents who find the weight of responsibility fall into their lap after 9 months of increasing inevitability, I suddenly realised I had absolutely no fucking idea what to do for the next 18 years of raising this little blob into becoming an adult. Sure I could have asked other parents, or Googled, but I decided that perhaps watching a load of parentally themed films from the 80’s might be a better idea.
So what can we say about the parental movie of the 80’s? This isn’t merely about someone being a genetic mother or father I should point out, but it’s the notion of the protagonist(s) being blissfully unprepared for parental responsibility being thrust upon them either temporarily or permanently, »
- Amie Cranswick
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…
With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.
2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.
It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »
- Neil Calloway
9 items from 2017
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